List of The Wire episodes

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The Wire, a television drama series created by David Simon, premiered on June 2, 2002 on HBO in the United States and ended on March 9, 2008. 60 episodes aired over the show's five seasons, plus three additional prequel shorts. Each episode has a running time of 55-60 minutes.

The Wire is set in Baltimore, Maryland; each season of the series focuses on a different part of the city. The show features a large ensemble cast; many characters are only featured prominently in a single season. A group of characters, mainly in the Baltimore Police Department, appear in every season.

The show is available on DVD in Region 1, 2 and 4.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 June 2, 2002 September 8, 2002
2 12 June 1, 2003 August 24, 2003
3 12 September 19, 2004 December 19, 2004
4 13 September 10, 2006 December 10, 2006
5 10 January 6, 2008 March 9, 2008

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2002)[edit]

Main article: The Wire (season 1)
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Story by Teleplay by Directed by Original air date
1 1 "The Target" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Clark Johnson June 2, 2002 (2002-06-02)
2 2 "The Detail" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Clark Johnson June 9, 2002 (2002-06-09)
3 3 "The Buys" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Peter Medak June 16, 2002 (2002-06-16)
4 4 "Old Cases" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Clement Virgo June 23, 2002 (2002-06-23)
5 5 "The Pager" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Clark Johnson June 30, 2002 (2002-06-30)
6 6 "The Wire" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Ed Bianchi July 7, 2002 (2002-07-07)
7 7 "One Arrest" David Simon & Ed Burns Rafael Alvarez Joe Chappelle July 21, 2002 (2002-07-21)
8 8 "Lessons" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Gloria Muzio July 28, 2002 (2002-07-28)
9 9 "Game Day" David Simon & Ed Burns David H. Melnick & Shamit Choksey Milčo Mančevski August 4, 2002 (2002-08-04)
10 10 "The Cost" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Brad Anderson August 11, 2002 (2002-08-11)
11 11 "The Hunt" David Simon & Ed Burns Joy Lusco Steve Shill August 18, 2002 (2002-08-18)
12 12 "Cleaning Up" David Simon & Ed Burns George Pelecanos Clement Virgo September 1, 2002 (2002-09-01)
13 13 "Sentencing" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon & Ed Burns Tim Van Patten September 8, 2002 (2002-09-08)

Season 2 (2003)[edit]

Main article: The Wire (season 2)
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Story by Teleplay by Directed by Original air date
14 1 "Ebb Tide" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Ed Bianchi June 1, 2003 (2003-06-01)
15 2 "Collateral Damage" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Ed Bianchi June 8, 2003 (2003-06-08)
16 3 "Hot Shots" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Elodie Keene June 15, 2003 (2003-06-15)
17 4 "Hard Cases" David Simon & Joy Lusco Joy Lusco Elodie Keene June 22, 2003 (2003-06-22)
18 5 "Undertow" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Steve Shill June 29, 2003 (2003-06-29)
19 6 "All Prologue" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Steve Shill July 6, 2003 (2003-07-06)
20 7 "Backwash" David Simon & Rafael Alvarez Rafael Alvarez Thomas J. Wright July 13, 2003 (2003-07-13)
21 8 "Duck and Cover" David Simon & George Pelecanos George Pelecanos Dan Attias July 27, 2003 (2003-07-27)
22 9 "Stray Rounds" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Tim Van Patten August 3, 2003 (2003-08-03)
23 10 "Storm Warnings" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Rob Bailey August 10, 2003 (2003-08-10)
24 11 "Bad Dreams" David Simon & George Pelecanos George Pelecanos Ernest Dickerson August 17, 2003 (2003-08-17)
25 12 "Port in a Storm" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Robert F. Colesberry August 24, 2003 (2003-08-24)

Season 3 (2004)[edit]

Main article: The Wire (season 3)
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Story by Teleplay by Directed by Original air date
26 1 "Time After Time" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Ed Bianchi September 19, 2004 (2004-09-19)
27 2 "All Due Respect" David Simon & Richard Price Richard Price Steve Shill September 26, 2004 (2004-09-26)
28 3 "Dead Soldiers" David Simon & Dennis Lehane Dennis Lehane Rob Bailey October 3, 2004 (2004-10-03)
29 4 "Hamsterdam" David Simon & George Pelecanos George Pelecanos Ernest Dickerson October 10, 2004 (2004-10-10)
30 5 "Straight and True" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Dan Attias October 17, 2004 (2004-10-17)
31 6 "Homecoming" David Simon & Rafael Alvarez Rafael Alvarez Leslie Libman October 31, 2004 (2004-10-31)
32 7 "Back Burners" David Simon & Joy Lusco Joy Lusco Tim Van Patten November 7, 2004 (2004-11-07)
33 8 "Moral Midgetry" David Simon & Richard Price Richard Price Agnieszka Holland November 14, 2004 (2004-11-14)
34 9 "Slapstick" David Simon & George Pelecanos David Simon Alex Zakrzewski November 21, 2004 (2004-11-21)
35 10 "Reformation" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Christine Moore November 28, 2004 (2004-11-28)
36 11 "Middle Ground" David Simon & George Pelecanos George Pelecanos Joe Chappelle December 12, 2004 (2004-12-12)
37 12 "Mission Accomplished" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Ernest Dickerson December 19, 2004 (2004-12-19)

Season 4 (2006)[edit]

Main article: The Wire (season 4)
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Story by Teleplay by Directed by Original air date
38 1 "Boys of Summer" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Joe Chappelle September 10, 2006 (2006-09-10)
39 2 "Soft Eyes" Ed Burns & David Mills David Mills Christine Moore September 17, 2006 (2006-09-17)
40 3 "Home Rooms" Ed Burns & Richard Price Richard Price Seith Mann September 24, 2006 (2006-09-24)
41 4 "Refugees" Ed Burns & Dennis Lehane Dennis Lehane Jim McKay October 1, 2006 (2006-10-01)
42 5 "Alliances" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns David Platt October 8, 2006 (2006-10-08)
43 6 "Margin of Error" Ed Burns & Eric Overmyer Eric Overmyer Dan Attias October 15, 2006 (2006-10-15)
44 7 "Unto Others" Ed Burns & William F. Zorzi William F. Zorzi Anthony Hemingway October 29, 2006 (2006-10-29)
45 8 "Corner Boys" Ed Burns & Richard Price Richard Price Agnieszka Holland November 5, 2006 (2006-11-05)
46 9 "Know Your Place" Ed Burns & Kia Corthron Kia Corthron Alex Zakrzewski November 12, 2006 (2006-11-12)
47 10 "Misgivings" Ed Burns & Eric Overmyer Eric Overmyer Ernest Dickerson November 19, 2006 (2006-11-19)
48 11 "A New Day" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Brad Anderson November 26, 2006 (2006-11-26)
49 12 "That's Got His Own" Ed Burns & George Pelecanos George Pelecanos Joe Chappelle December 3, 2006 (2006-12-03)
50 13 "Final Grades" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Ernest Dickerson December 10, 2006 (2006-12-10)

Season 5 (2008)[edit]

Main article: The Wire (season 5)
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Story by Teleplay by Directed by Original air date
51 1 "More with Less" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Joe Chappelle January 6, 2008 (2008-01-06)
52 2 "Unconfirmed Reports" David Simon & William F. Zorzi William F. Zorzi Ernest Dickerson January 13, 2008 (2008-01-13)
53 3 "Not for Attribution" David Simon & Chris Collins Chris Collins Scott Kecken & Joy Kecken January 20, 2008 (2008-01-20)
54 4 "Transitions" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Dan Attias January 27, 2008 (2008-01-27)
55 5 "React Quotes" David Simon & David Mills David Mills Agnieszka Holland February 3, 2008 (2008-02-03)
56 6 "The Dickensian Aspect" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Seith Mann February 10, 2008 (2008-02-10)
57 7 "Took" David Simon & Richard Price Richard Price Dominic West February 17, 2008 (2008-02-17)
58 8 "Clarifications" David Simon & Dennis Lehane Dennis Lehane Anthony Hemingway February 24, 2008 (2008-02-24)
59 9 "Late Editions" David Simon & George Pelecanos George Pelecanos Joe Chappelle March 2, 2008 (2008-03-02)
60 10 "–30–" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Clark Johnson March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)

Prequel shorts[edit]

Three short film vignettes set prior to the series events were filmed during the fifth season's production. They were made available via HBO On Demand during broadcast of the final season, and included as extras on the complete series DVD box set.

  • "When Bunk Met McNulty"
  • "Young Omar"
  • "Young Prop Joe"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Episode guide - episode 01 The Target". HBO. 2004. Retrieved July 24, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Episode guide - episode 02 The Detail". HBO. 2004. Retrieved July 26, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Episode guide - episode 03 The Buys". HBO. 2004. Retrieved July 26, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Episode guide - episode 04 Old Cases". HBO. 2004. Retrieved July 26, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Episode guide - episode 05 The Pager". HBO. 2004. Retrieved July 26, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Episode guide - episode 06 The Wire". HBO. 2004. Retrieved July 26, 2006. 
  7. ^ "Episode guide - episode 07 One Arrest". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 2, 2006. 
  8. ^ "Episode guide - episode 08 Lessons". HBO. 2004. Retrieved September 5, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Episode guide - episode 09 Game Day". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 2, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Episode guide - episode 10 The Cost". HBO. 2004. Retrieved April 8, 2006. 
  11. ^ "Episode guide - episode 11 The Hunt". HBO. 2004. Retrieved July 26, 2006. 
  12. ^ "Episode guide - episode 12 Cleaning Up". HBO. 2004. Retrieved July 31, 2006. 
  13. ^ "Episode guide - episode 13 Sentencing". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 4, 2006. 
  14. ^ "Episode guide - episode 14 ebb tide". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 6, 2006. 
  15. ^ "Episode guide - episode 15 collateral damage". HBO. 2004. Retrieved June 22, 2006. 
  16. ^ "Episode guide - episode 16 hot shots". HBO. 2004. Retrieved June 22, 2006. 
  17. ^ "Episode guide - episode 17 hard cases". HBO. 2004. Retrieved June 22, 2006. 
  18. ^ "Episode guide - episode 18 undertow". HBO. 2004. Retrieved June 22, 2006. 
  19. ^ "Episode guide - episode 19 all prologue". HBO. 2004. Retrieved June 22, 2006. 
  20. ^ "Episode guide - episode 20 backwash". HBO. 2004. Retrieved June 22, 2006. 
  21. ^ "Episode guide - episode 21 duck and cover". HBO. 2004. Retrieved June 22, 2006. 
  22. ^ "Episode guide - episode 22 stray rounds". HBO. 2004. Retrieved June 22, 2006. 
  23. ^ "Episode guide - episode 23 storm warnings". HBO. 2004. Retrieved June 22, 2006. 
  24. ^ "Episode guide - episode 24 bad dreams". HBO. 2004. Retrieved June 22, 2006. 
  25. ^ "Episode guide - episode 25 Port in a Storm". HBO. 2004. Retrieved June 22, 2006. 
  26. ^ "Episode guide - episode 26 Time After Time". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 7, 2006. 
  27. ^ "Episode guide - episode 27 All Due Respect". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 7, 2006. 
  28. ^ "Episode guide - episode 28 Dead Soldiers". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 7, 2006. 
  29. ^ "Episode guide - episode 29 Amsterdam". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 7, 2006. 
  30. ^ "Episode guide - episode 30 Straight and True". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 9, 2006. 
  31. ^ "Episode guide - episode 31 Homecoming". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 9, 2006. 
  32. ^ "Episode guide - episode 32 Back Burners". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 9, 2006. 
  33. ^ "Episode guide - episode 33 Moral Midgetry". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 9, 2006. 
  34. ^ "Episode guide - episode 34 slapstick". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 9, 2006. 
  35. ^ "Episode guide - episode 35 reformation". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 9, 2006. 
  36. ^ "Episode guide - episode 36 middle ground". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 9, 2006. 
  37. ^ "Episode guide - episode 37 mission accomplished". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 9, 2006. 
  38. ^ "Episode guide - episode 38 boys of summer". HBO. 2004. Retrieved August 9, 2006. 
  39. ^ "Episode guide - episode 39 Soft Eyes". HBO. 2006. Retrieved August 9, 2006. 
  40. ^ "Episode guide - episode 40 Home Rooms". HBO. 2006. Retrieved September 25, 2006. 
  41. ^ "Episode guide - episode 41 Refugees". HBO. 2006. Retrieved October 3, 2006. 
  42. ^ "Episode guide - episode 42 Alliances". HBO. 2006. Retrieved October 9, 2006. 
  43. ^ "Episode guide - episode 43 Margin of Error". HBO. 2006. Retrieved October 9, 2006. 
  44. ^ "Episode guide - episode 44 Unto Others". HBO. 2006. Retrieved November 1, 2006. 
  45. ^ "Episode guide - episode 45 Corner Boys". HBO. 2006. Retrieved November 9, 2006. 
  46. ^ "Episode guide - episode 46 Know Your Place". HBO. 2006. Retrieved November 15, 2006. 
  47. ^ "Episode guide - episode 47 Misgivings". HBO. 2006. Retrieved March 29, 2007. 
  48. ^ "Episode guide - episode 48 A New Day". HBO. 2006. Retrieved March 29, 2007. 
  49. ^ "Episode guide - episode 49 That's Got His Own". HBO. 2006. Retrieved March 30, 2007. 
  50. ^ "The Wire episode guide - episode 50 Final Grades". HBO. 2006. Retrieved October 17, 2007. 
  51. ^ "The Wire episode guide - episode 51 More with Less". HBO. 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2008. 
  52. ^ "The Wire episode guide - episode 52 Unconfirmed Reports". HBO. 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2008. 
  53. ^ "The Wire episode guide - episode 53 Not for Attribution". HBO. 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2008. 
  54. ^ "The Wire episode guide - episode 54 Transitions". HBO. 2008. Retrieved February 5, 2008. 
  55. ^ "The Wire episode guide - episode 55 React Quotes". HBO. 2008. Retrieved February 5, 2008. 
  56. ^ "The Wire episode guide - episode 56 The Dickensian Aspect". HBO. 2008. Retrieved February 29, 2008. 
  57. ^ "The Wire episode guide - episode 57 Took". HBO. 2008. Retrieved February 29, 2008. 
  58. ^ Full cast and crew for The Wire: Took, IMDB.com.
  59. ^ "The Wire episode guide - episode 58 Clarifications". HBO. 2008. Retrieved February 29, 2008. 
  60. ^ "The Wire episode guide - episode 59 Late Editions". HBO. 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2008. 
  61. ^ "The Wire episode guide - episode 60 –30–". HBO. 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2008. 

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